Republican presidential candidate Gary Johnson visits ‘Occupy Wall St.’ protest

By Eric W. Dolan
Thursday, October 20, 2011 17:11 EDT
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Republican presidential candidate Gary Johnson on Tuesday visited the “Occupy Wall Street” demonstration in New York City’s Zuccotti Park to talk with the protesters.

The former Governor of New Mexico and libertarian is an outspoken opponent of the drug war, is in favor of same sex marriage, and supports withdrawing all U.S. troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. He also wants to cut Medicare by 43 percent and eliminate “all the mandates,” leaving it to states to set up their own health plans.

“The root of all evil is politicians that are going to save you and I from terrorists, from illegal immigrants, from drugs,” he told Reason.TV.

Johnson spoke with a former tea party member who had joined the “Occupy Wall Street” protest after the tea party got “bought out.” Another protester told Johnson that she “got some money and should be taxed more.”

He also spoke with The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur, who compared the protest to the tea party movement.

“The tea party sends the exact same message as these guys, ‘we’re pissed man, we’re tired of not getting represented,’” Uygur said.

Watch video, courtesy of Reason.TV, below:

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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